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We have a very comfortable couch at Justitia, which is where we have our best discussions. This is what we’re talking about at the moment.

Justitia Spotlight – An interview with Melissa Scadden

Posted by Nov 21, 2018

What do you believe is a key challenge faced by employment law at the moment? The way people work is changing. There is a fairly vigorous debate about who, or what, is driving this, but it is important that the law remains relevant and balances the need to protect individuals whilst encouraging innovation and entrepreneurialism. […]

What you need to know about the Victorian Long Service Act 2018

Posted by Oct 24, 2018

On 1 November 2018, some changes to the long service leave (LSL) provisions in Victoria will apply when the Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) (the 2018 Act) comes into effect, replacing the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic) (the 1992 Act). The changes are designed to provide greater flexibility in how long service leave […]

Sexual harassment: more work to be done

Posted by Oct 17, 2018

Sexual harassment has been in the spotlight more intensively than many of us can remember. A year ago, the New York Times and the New Yorker laid bare multiple accounts of alleged sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein of his staff and colleagues.  No one could have predicted that a flood of 83 people would step […]

Unrepresented litigant to pay former employer’s costs

Posted by Oct 3, 2018

The Federal Circuit Court has ordered an unrepresented litigant pay $12,500 of his former employer’s legal costs, finding that although he did not run the case vexatiously, allegations unsupported by evidence rendered it “baseless and groundless”. Mr Somerville claimed AFS Security 24/7 Pty Ltd (trading as Armidale Fire & Safety) (AFS) took adverse action against […]

Justitia Spotlight – An interview with Joanna Betteridge

Posted by Oct 3, 2018

Interviewer: Ellie Kinahan, Legal Research Assistant — Ellie is a final year Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Science (Biology) student at Deakin University and currently works as a Legal Research Assistant. What roles have you worked in prior to coming to Justitia and how do you think it prepared you for a career in employment law? […]

School’s leader criticised for nepotism

Posted by Sep 26, 2018

The Victorian Ombudsman, Ms Deborah Glass, has finalised her investigation into the leadership of a former high school principal. The investigation was a result of three protected disclosure complaints referred to the office by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) under the Protected Disclosure Act 2012 (Vic). Ms Glass tabled her damning report on 12 […]

Justitia Spotlight – An interview with Nicola Martin

Posted by Aug 30, 2018

Interviewer: Madeleine Jones, Legal Research Assistant – Madeleine is a recent law graduate, having come to law from a career in public health with a compliance focus. Madeleine worked as a Healthcare Consultant, then later with an international development organisation. It was this experience which piqued her interest in the study of law. She sought to […]

Chairman Breaches Bullying Laws

Posted by Aug 8, 2018

In a recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision (Application by Ms A) involving a “stop the bullying” application, the chair of a body corporate committee was found to have bullied Ms A, the co-director of a company that had been contracted to provide property management services. This case demonstrates how the reach of the Fair […]

Justitia Spotlight – An interview with Cathy Fitz Gibbon

Posted by Aug 8, 2018

Interviewer:  Julia Sperac, Marketing/Legal Research Assistant – Julia is a penultimate-year Juris Doctor student at The University of Melbourne. Before studying law, she completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and currently works as a dual Marketing/Legal Research Assistant. How did you get started in law and employment law specifically? Starting from the beginning, I left school […]

Family and Domestic Violence Leave – A New Modern Award

Posted by Jun 22, 2018

As part of the Fair Work Commission’s four year review of modern awards, the Full Bench has determined that Australian employees covered by a modern award and experiencing family and domestic violence should be entitled to five days of unpaid leave. The Commission was satisfied that their decision was a “cautious and regulatory response to this […]